The ‘Loy Krathong’ festival is a cherished cultural tradition that has been passed down through generations. It takes place on the 15th night of the twelfth lunar month in the Thai calendar. Communities across Thailand come together to celebrate this beautiful festival, whether in cities or rural areas.
The main activities usually involve floating krathongs on rivers, colorful stage performances, and lively displays, all aiming to create a joyful and heartwarming atmosphere in harmony with this wonderful tradition. Are there any provinces standing out with interesting festival concepts this year? Check out the list of Loy Krathong 2023 event locations and nearby B2 Hotel accommodations for a convenient and budget-friendly trip!
Update on 9 Loy Krathong 2523 events with B2 Hotel accommodations near the festivities.
1.The Loy Krathong tradition,’Kala-Sai-Kala-See’ in Nakhon Sawan province.
On November 27th, 2023, at Ban Na Pha community, locals celebrated the unique tradition of Loy Krathong Kala Sai Kala See, exclusive to Thailand. This distinct festival is deeply rooted in the Ban Na Pha community, passed down through generations. It involves floating coconut shells, which differ from other traditions. During the event, tourists can enjoy diverse cultural performances, historical exhibitions of the festival, long-tail boat racing, and even a beauty pageant competition, among other engaging activities.
2.The Loy Krathong tradition,’Loy-Krathong-Sawan’ in Mae Hong Son province.
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From November 25th to 27th, 2023. At the Phra That Doi Kong Mu courtyard, the festival will take place. This festival offers an enchanting experience where everyone can release Krathong into the sky. These Krathong are tied to gas-filled balloons and attached to paper Krathong with a small candle inside. In the past, there weren’t many rivers in Mae Hong Son province, locals adapted the traditional water-floating Krathong to the sky. The Tai Yai ethnic group believes that participating in this festival brings happiness, prosperity, and safeguards against illness and misfortune. It’s a unique aspect of Mae Hong Son City, where you not only feel the chilly breeze signaling the year’s end but also get to embrace this beautiful and special tradition firsthand.
3.Pang-Prateep-Sawang-Yi-Peng-Mueang-Phrae Festival, in Phrae Province.
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From November 25th to 27th, 2023, At Wat Chom Sawan in Mueang District, Phrae Province, you can enjoy the ‘Loy Krathong’ festival, known as the ‘Pang Prateep Sawang and Yi Peng Mueang Phrae Festival.’ It’s a cherished event in this charming northern town. This celebration offers a chance for tourists to immerse themselves in local culture with various engaging activities. Visitors can join in releasing the beautiful ‘Pang Prateep’ lanterns, listen to insightful Dhamma talks, participate in lantern-making and hanging contests, enjoy drumming and fireworks competitions, and experience the touching ceremony along the Mae Yom River. Don’t miss the mesmerizing ‘Courtyard of a Thousand Lanterns,’ a sight unique to Phrae Province.
4.Sithan KKU Festival, in Khon Kaen province
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From November 25th to 27th, 2023. At the Front Yard of the Art and Culture Hall, Khon Kaen University, an exciting event took place. It aimed to celebrate and preserve art, culture, and community while boosting the local economy. Titled ‘Boon Som Ma Bu Cha Nam’, it beautifully blended Khon Kaen University’s activities with Thai traditions, bringing a fresh perspective to art and culture. Apart from floating krathongs on rivers, the three-day event was filled with a myriad of engaging activities, offering a vibrant cultural experience for everyone.
5.Yee Peng Festival, in Chiang Mai Province.
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Yee Peng’ is a term in the Lanna language. ‘Yee’ signifies the month of November, or the 11 lunar month, as referred to by people in the Lanna region. On the other hand, ‘Peng’ refers to the full moon night of the 15 lunar day. This festivity spans three days: On the first day, the 13th night known as ‘Daa’ locals prepare offerings at the temple. Following that, on the 14th night, families gather for merit-making activities at the temple, listen to sermons, or create large lanterns. Finally, on the 15th night, both large and small Krathong floated on the river. In Chiang Mai, the Yee Peng tradition has evolved to embrace modern times, blending cultural heritage with lively festivities, resulting in a diverse array of creative activities and joyful celebrations throughout the three-day event.
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6.The Loy Krathong Festival in, Chonburi Province.
On November 27th, 2023. The Loy Krathong Pattaya Festival 2023 was celebrated. The event featured diverse competitions showcasing various styles of beautifully crafted krathongs. Visitors had the chance to experience cultural art performances right at the heart of Pattaya Beach. Additionally, there were contests encouraging eco-friendly krathong designs, and attendees enjoyed performances by many renowned musicians, adding extra excitement and colors to the festivities.
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7.The Loy Krathong Festival, in Surat Thani Province.
On November 27th, 2023, Surat Thani Municipality held a spectacular Loy Krathong celebration across eight enchanting venues within the city. This vibrant event aimed to warmly welcome both locals and tourists to partake in honoring and preserving Thailand’s beautiful cultural heritage. The festivities took place at various scenic spots, including the serene banks of Tapi River Dam, the lively community area near Wat Tha Thong, the charming Bung Khun Thale community, the bridge adjacent to Surat Thani Hospital, the bustling Tad Mai Intersection area, the scenic area by the Tapi River mouth, and the cultural hub of Soi Kanchanawithee 16.
8.Loy Krathong festival annually held in Krabi province.
On November 27th, 2023. The Chairman of the Provincial Cultural Council in Krabi took a creative approach to boost tourism in Krabi province. They organized a special event themed ‘Loy Krathong: Earth Conservation, Embracing Thai Culture, and Environmental Awareness.’ Locals and tourists were warmly encouraged to dress in vintage Thai attire and partake in the Krabi Loy Krathong festival. This festival showcased vibrant cultural performances, a long-standing tradition cherished along the local waterways.
9.‘Long-Sapao’ Loy Krathong Festival in Lampang Province, 2023
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The municipal authority organized the ‘Long-Sapao-Jao-lakon’ festival, an annual event held on November 26th – 27th, 2023, to preserve the distinctive tradition of Lampang. This year, performances will take place at the riverside near the waterside (along Kenneth MacKenzie School). The public can enjoy various shows on the Piromtarn Park. Additionally, there will be competitions, DIY boat crafting activities, product sales, and a food fair in the Piromtarn Park area. Notably, there’s also the unique ‘Floating Sapao’ parade, an exclusive feature in Thailand, starting from Singchai Pier. Both locals and tourists can stand by to witness the procession from both sides of the Wang River.